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    Going splitboarding in the backcountry? Make sure you have all the right gear.

    Kyle Dickman
  • Photo: Inga Hendrickson

    SmartWool Spring Gloves

    SmartWool's blended merino-wool and nylon Spring gloves ($70) are thick enough to keep your hands warm on the up and slim enough to fit easily beneath an outer mitt on the down.
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    Westcomb Apoc Jacket

    Backcountry travel requires smart layering. Start with a durable, versatile shell like Westcomb's Apoc jacket ($480). Its Polartec NeoShell outer is water- and windproof for fending off blizzards but still breathable enough to let steam escape on the uptrack.
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    Arbor Abacus Splitboard

    The mark of a truly great splitboard is that you can't tell that it comes apart when you're riding it. Easy-to-flip latches pull Arbor's Abacus ($700) tightly together, and a progressive sidecut creates additional contact points for a toothy grip. Arbor set back the rocker to maximize skin contact with the snow when climbing. Plus, the wood topsheet is gorgeous.
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    Black Diamond Expedition Ski Poles

    Over an entire winter of testing, the three flip-lock latches along the length of Black Diamond's aluminum Expedition ski poles ($100) never failed. They're collapsible down to two feet for easy packing and expandable to four and a half.
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    Spark R&D Magneto Bindings

    Most of us don't ride our splits in-bounds. Nor should we be riding in-bounds bindings in the backcountry. Spark R&D's Magneto bindings ($385) weigh significantly less than most lift-service models and come with highbacks that adjust from touring to riding mode with the flip of a latch.
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    Arc'teryx Theta SV Bibs

    With full leg-length laminated zippers, Gore-Tex breathability, and a reinforced seat and lower legs, Arc'teryx's Theta SV bibs ($475) are bombproof; they were also the most comfortable bibs we tested. Bonus points for the slim athletic fit.
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    G3 Alpinist Skins

    G3's high-traction Alpinist skins ($170) held tight to the steepest, slickest skin tracks. And they're the only split-specific skins that come with tail straps out of the box.
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